Easy Like Sunday Morning Weekly Roundup – # 3 – October 30th, 2011

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Each week (even though I missed last week! – Oops!), the purpose of the Easy Like Sunday Morning Weekly Roundup is the same – for me to be able to connect with you, the readers, on a more personal (non personal finance informational transmission only) level, encourage community, and also to give back to the other bloggers around the blogosphere who have mentioned My Personal Finance Journey throughout the past week.

As far as the theme goes, the title of the roundup gives it away. The roundup theme is named after the Lionel Richie song, Easy Like Sunday Morning (which I play once a week while putting this together), to remind us of the importance of slowing down at least once a week to take appreciation for that which transpired over the past few days.

So, without further ado, let’s get started with this week’s roundup!

Weekly Updates from Jacob’s Personal Finance Journey and Life

  • I mentioned in the opening paragraph of this post that I missed doing a roundup last weekend. However, I did not mention why. 
  • The big happening for My Personal Finance Journey over the past week has been that I spent about 20 hours (the majority of last weekend – hence why I missed the roundup) researching and putting together a historical analysis guest post of the passive investing strategy called The Permanent Portfolio. The late Harry Browne introduced this strategy in the 1980’s, and it has been garnering much press recently due to favorable performance by the actively managed Permanent Portfolio mutual fund.
  • I won’t go in to the details of what The Permanent Portfolio is (you can read all about it in a good post by J.D. at Get Rich Slowly if you’re interested), but I submitted the post to Ramit at I Will Teach You to Be Rich to see if he’d be interested in featuring it as a guest post on his site. I hope to hear back from him this week about whether it’s a good fit or not. 
  • One of my higher-priority blogging goals for the 2H2011 is to guest post more (at least once a month) in order to expand the audience reach of my site, so this was a good step in the right direction.
    • As far as my personal finances go, this past week has been slightly atypical in that I’ve spent more money than normal on going out to eat and office/school supplies (had to purchase a new backpack and some office supplies aka blogging expense items!). However, I didn’t get too out of control, and the spending ended up being within allowable limits. This last week served as a good reminder of why I make sure to transfer a certain percentage of money as it is received to my savings accounts before having a chance to spend it.
    • As far as my life in general, this past week, I have been continuing my graduate school research in Alzheimer’s disease in my lab. Myself and another co-worker are running a cytotoxicity assay this week to try to determine if the drug molecules we have discovered inhibit the toxicity of the protein aggregates implicated with the disease.
      • In addition, last weekend, I did my first running race (a Fall 10k in my hometown) in MANY months. I felt pretty strong during the race and was very satisfied with my time. You can view some pictures of me at the start and finish lines of the race by clicking here. I would have pasted them in this post, but I didn’t want to get in trouble with the copyright laws. 
      • Also, last night, my girlfriend and I went to a Halloween Party dressed as Star Trek officers from The Next Generation. Shown below is a picture of us all dressed it! ENGAGE!!!
    My girlfriend and I dressed up at a Halloween party as Star Trekkies!! “Photon torpedoes Mr. Warf!!!”

    My Favorite 10 Posts of the Past Week

    I read quite a few interesting posts throughout the madness that sometimes is the work week. Listed below were 10 of my favorites, listed in random order. Enjoy!

    1.      Budgeting in the Fun Stuff posted about Entertainment on the Cheap. She presented tips how to cut down on entertainment but still have fun with the whole family and alternatives that will work for your finances.
    2.      Yes I Am Cheap posted about Companies Hiring Right Now Christmas 2011 Seasonal Jobs. She listed some companies that will be hiring people for the Christmas season.

    3.      Free Money Finance posted about Making Retirement Work and gave some ideas and strategies on retirement.

    4.      Christian Personal Finance posted about Hosting a Thanksgiving Feast for Less. He enumerated some ideas how to celebrate Thanksgiving without sacrificing the holiday budget.

    5.      Life and My Finances posted about A Real-Life Reason for Frugality. He shared their story how they got into debt and paid it off in a year, saved more, and purchased their first house. When his wife lost her job, she pursued her passion in photography and is now having a blast.

    6.      Canadian Finance Blog posted about Ways to Save Money.  Tom compiled his articles that list down various ways how to spend less and save more on your monthly and annual expenses.
    7.      Centsible Life posted about DIY Halloween Decorations & a $50 Lowe’s Giveaway! where Kelly talked about how to make Halloween decorations, such as Halloween tablecloth and Halloween silhouettes.
    8.      Frugal Dad posted about 5 Frugal Tips for a Christmas to Remember. He imparted the best tips that he has for keeping Christmas frugal yet memorable.
    9.      Bible Money Matters posted about How to Cut Those Scary Halloween Costs when funds are low and you need to save money.
    10.  Moolanomy posted about How to Reestablish Your Credit After Bankruptcy. He shared four ways to repair the damage on your credit rating and get your finances healthy once more. 

    If you’re interested in submitting an article for consideration/inclusion to this roundup, just email me by clicking here. Since I’m only 1 guy without a time-machine to give me unlimited time each day, sometimes I miss some really good articles in the blogosphere, and it’s good to be notified of them directly.

    Guest Posts from Personal Finance Bloggers on My Personal Finance Journey

    Over the past week, there were no guest posts here at My Personal Finance Journey. Let’s change that, shall we?!

    If you’re an individual PF blogger (not a company that has a blog) and would like to guest post on my site, please click here to read more details about how to kick off the guest posting process. I’d love to hear from you!

    Blasts From the Past

    For the first 6 months after I started this blog, I pretty much “blogged in a cave.” What I mean by this is that I cranked out over 200 very good blog articles in this time period, but since I didn’t know any better, I didn’t reach out to other bloggers, get involved with the online community through commenting on other sites, or do any kind of site promotion at all. As you can imagine, some of the articles written during this time period didn’t get the attention that I think they deserved corresponding to the content contained.

    The Blast from the Past section will feature one old My Personal Finance Journey article each week that I feel is high quality, but was published prior to my blog having any sort of real readership. This week’s article is listed below:

    Why Following Hot Mutual Fund Manager’s DOES NOT WORK! – This post discusses my foolish decision to invest in a “hot” mutual fund, The CGM Focus Fund, after hearing about its praises from a book written by Jim Cramer. Boy, was he wrong and did I make a mistake! Take a look at this article.

    Personal Finance “Mad Props” of the Week Award

    Every once in a while, when I’m reading an article or site in the personal finance blogosphere, I’ll be so impressed in hearing about what a person did or wrote about, that all I can say to myself is WOW! This section of the roundup will serve as a running “home” for recognizing outstanding achievement. 

    The winner this week is Sam from Financial Samurai for his work with building The Yakezie group (of which I’m a proud member). From what I’ve heard in my relatively short (1.75 years) stent with blogging, blog networks tend to only “come and go.” What’s meant by this is that they are not sustainable because members quit, or when member bloggers become more popular, they get too busy to participate. However, Sam has been able to craft Yakezie in such a way that nearly everyone that joined a year ago when I did STILL participates actively today. Pretty cool stuff. Nice work Sam!

    If you know of someone in the PF blogging world that is really doing amazing things, feel free to send me an email for consideration in future roundups.


    Listed below are the giveaways I’ve come across in my journey through the personal finance blogosphere this week (along with the links so that you can head over and enter!). There were a TON of them this week. It’s great to see everyone giving back to their readers through these promotions. 
    • Accountant By Day is giving away over $200 is cash prizes during the entire month of October.
    • The Penny Hoarder is giving away a Nintendo Wii Bundle with Mario Kart through today, October 30th. 
    • Buck Inspire and Retire by 40 have teamed up to give away a Kindle Fire and a Mango Passport Bundle to celebrate their 1 year blogging anniversary (both of them started on the same day) until November 7th. 
    • I’m giving away $105 to blog readers and another $100 to the charity that the Grand Prize winner selects until October 31st (tomorrow!).
    • Couple Money is giving away an Android 2.0 Tablet until November 1st.
    • Maximizing Money is giving away 50 free customize-able pens until October 31st.
    • Bucksome Boomer is giving away a $25 iTunes giftcard in celebration of her site’s 600th post until November 6th! Nice work on reaching that milestone Kay!
    • Bible Money Matters is giving away a $50 Amex gift card until November 1st.
    • Brad @ Enemy of Debt  is giving away $500 cash for people sharing their debt-free bucket list ideas. Pretty cool idea! The giveaway ends November 20th. 

    If you’re hosting a giveaway and it’s not listed above, please send me an email to let me know, and I’ll get it included in next week’s roundup!

    Blog Carnivals Featuring My Personal Finance Journey Articles

    ·         Squirrelers hosted the Carnival of Personal Finance and included Is Social Security a Ponzi Scheme?
    ·         Everything Finance hosted the Best of Money Carnival and included I’m Staying With Bank of America…”Are You Crazy?”.
    ·         Prairie EcoThrifter hosted the Yakezie Carnival and included What are the Best and Worst Jobs in the World?
    ·         Arbor Asset Allocation Model Portfolio (AAAMP) hosted the Self-Directed Investing For Retirement Carnival and included Index Mutual Funds, Current Asset Allocation, and Investment Strategy.
    ·         Insurance Regulatory Law hosted the Cavalcade of Risk and included Professional Liability Insurance – Is It Something You Really Need?
    ·         Sweating the Big Stuff hosted the Best of the Rest and included What are the Best and Worst Jobs in the World?

    If you are hosting a carnival that includes (or included) My Personal Finance Journey and I missed listing it here (I don’t get trackbacks since I’m not on WordPress, so I have to rely on direct email and Google Alert notifications), please email me so I can include it in my roundup. Thanks!

    Top 10 Referring Sites to My Personal Finance Journey This Past Week

    1. Krantcents (who I’m STILL convinced is the most prolific blog commenter in the world – anyone care to 2nd this?! Every post I go to he’s already commented on!).
    2. Jon @ Free Money Wisdom.
    3. Smart Family Finance.
    4. Your Finances Simplified.
    5. Miss T @ Prairie Eco Thrifter.

    Best Reader Submitted Question From the Past Week

    This section will serve as a running location for any very insightful, high quality questions submitted by readers throughout the week.
    There were no questions submitted this week. However, if you are wondering something about personal finance, please feel free to email me and ask!

    My Other Sites

    Currently, my only other site besides this one is The Carnival of Passive Investing, which runs monthly editions. If you have any passive investing posts you’ve written recently, you can submit them to be included in the carnival. We have a very special occasion in the next edition of the carnival (to be published November 10th, 2011, as author Jerry Tweddell (wrote the book, Winning with Index Mutual Funds) will be helping to select the best articles.  

    However, I have several other domain names purchased, and I am currently learning WordPress Self-Hosted to get these sites live as soon as time allows! I’ll be sure to keep you all updated on progress.

    Well, that wraps up this week! If you have any suggestions or recommendations for things you’d like to see in this weekly roundup, just let me know by sending me an email!

    As always, thanks to all the readers for creating such a great community here at My Personal Finance Journey. Your interaction is what keeps me going on this blog!

    Until next time – Jacob


    1. Incredible list. Thank you for including my giveaway and many others.
      My recent post Amsterdam Printing Giveaway – Win 50 Personalized Pens To Promote Your Business or Organization

    2. I love the costumes! For a second, I read “engage” as “engaged” before reading the whole paragraph and thought you were engaged. 🙂
      My recent post How My Gas Was Shut Off Because of My Neighbor

      • You know it Corey! This is the first time I've ever dressed up as a Trekkie for Halloween! It was pretty fun!
        My recent post Easy Like Sunday Morning Weekly Recap and Roundup – # 5 – December 17th, 2011

    3. I second what you say about Krantcents. He is the worlds biggest commenter. Very cool costumes. You two look Awesome.!!
      My recent post Eco-Friendly Acne Fighters: Skin Care for the Frugal

    4. Thanks for the mention!

      Love TNG! Last night my wife asked me for tea…earl grey…hot.
      My recent post Comment on Dining Out in a Group: 3 Ways You Might Overpay When Splitting the Bill by Eric J. Nisall

      • Nice! Better make that 80 deg C! haha Those replicators sure do come in handy. I wouldn't mind some synthahol right now!
        My recent post Easy Like Sunday Morning Weekly Roundup – # 3 – October 30th, 2011

    5. hunterX0506 says:

      I have several other domain names purchased, and I am currently learning WordPress Self-Hosted to get these sites live as soon as time allows! | 😛

      • @ Hunter – There are definitely a lot of things to learn with WordPress Self-Hosted. Lots of super-cool functionality at your fingertips!
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    6. Nice roundup Jacob and nice outfits! My brother was into Star Trek as a kid, chuckling as I am typing this comment. Have a good weekend!
      My recent post How to be Healthy and Lower Your Healthcare Costs

    7. I hope you hear back from Ramit, that would be huge. I look forward to hearing your response.
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